1492: An Ongoing Voyage has focused on those people who were in this hemisphere before 1492 and on those from Europe and Africa who arrived in the 16th and early 17th centuries.

Indian, European, and African peoples continued to shape new American societies. By the end of the 18th century, these new Americans began to rebel against their European masters. Independence movements spread, creating many separate nations. While colonial languages such as Spanish, Portuguese, French and English became widespread, millions of people continued to speak their own languages, such as Navaho, Quechua, Guarani, and Nahuatl.

While distinct peoles from throughout the world continue to come together in the Americas, many hold on to or reclaim their uniqueness. The process of cultural exchange and adaptation can be seen in religion, festivity, ceremony, and daily life. However, the tensions between tradition and change, prosperity and poverty, tolerance and intolerance in the hemisphere continue to create turbulence for the Ongoing Voyage.

This concludes the Library of Congress online exhibit 1492: An Ongoing Voyage. If you like, you may return to the Exhibit's Introduction. Or, you may still abandon ship and use the Outline to revisit any area of the exhibit.